This week's Plant of the Week is Persian Shield, or Strobilanthes gossypinus. This is an unusual 1-1.5mH growing shrub with distincive silver leaves which have fine hairs on them. A native of Southern India, this plant enjoys a full sun to partially
shaded area in the garden in a humus-rich soil with plenty of drainage. This guy can be susceptible to frost in winter and may burn from hot western sun, but otherwise is quite hardy and low maintenance.
Persian Shield is an excellent plant to
introduce new colour and texture to your garden, and is very tactile, which adds another dimension to your garden experience!